A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This medicine is an interferon used to treat certain types of multiple sclerosis (MS). It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. This medicine may be administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. This medicine is sometimes used at home as an injection. If you are using this medicine at home, a healthcare professional will provide detailed instructions for its appropriate use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine or giving injections. If the medicine contains particles, is discolored, or if the syringe is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it. Be sure to follow the procedure demonstrated to you to prevent contamination of the syringe or medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include headache; drowsiness; dry mouth; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; or flu-like symptoms (such as fever, chills, sweating, muscle aches, dizziness or weakness). If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.